Day Trip : Sydney To Southern Highlands
A trip of 120km from Sydney to Mittagong.
Travel via Pinces Highway (Route 1), King Georges Road (Route 3), South Western Motorway (Route 5) and South Western Freeway (Route 31)
The landscape south-west of Sydney climbs to become the Southern Highlands, a region that offers superb scenic driving along country roads meandering through historic villages. The spectacular New South Wales landscape provides the back-drop to a countryside that bears similarities to northern Europe.
Take the Princes Highway out of the Sydney CBD, turning onto King Georges Road. Proceed onto the South Western Motorway which in turn becomes the South Western Freeway. Take the exit for Mittagong, one of the main towns of the district. Call in at the Southern Highlands Visitor Information Centre where you can pick up brochures on the many attractions in the area.
Follow the signs to Bowral, a quaint old town with cafes, restaurants, historic buildings and lots of stately trees. Take a quick trip up Mount Gibraltar along Oxley Drive for some exceptional views of the district. You will leave Bowral by crossing the railway bridge on the western side of town, then turn left onto Oxley Hill Road and the Hume Highway that leads to Berrima, a very well-preserved Georgian settlement with buildings that date from the 1830s.
Follow Berrima Road to Moss Vale, then take the Illawarra Highway and turn onto Nowra Road. This route leads to the edge of the escarpment that forms the drop off down towards the coast. The Fitzroy Falls, in the Morton National Park, are reached via this road. Visit the information centre at the falls for details about the boardwalk leading to the spectacular falls and the three kilometre scenic walk along the edge of the escarpment.
Your trip will lead you down the escarpment to the small hillside village of Kangaroo Valley where the rural scenery is some of the best in Australia. The Cambewarra Lookout offers scenic views of the rugged escarpment country dotted with a picturesque spread of small farms stretching out to the coastal plain.
Once you reach the Princes Highway, look for the turn off to the left left to reach the small historic town of Berry, then follow the highway north along the coast to return to Sydney.